Sat 17 Sep 2022 3:56PM

Bacterial Nanowires for Organic Electronics

J JohnL Public Seen by 43

Hey, hope my first post is going where it needs to. That aside, I had an idea for a less conventional project: Biological electronics. In particular, using nanowires from Geobacter as components for self-powered logic gates and maybe even Arduino architecture micro-controllers. However, I'd need someone to culture E. coli to produce the nanowires (see linked paper). Also attached to the context is a document outlining the idea further.

Microelectronics currently requires costly infrastructure and specialized design skills. This greatly increases economic vulnerability and strategic dependencies, as well as removing the ability of an end-user to comprehend the device... By constructing logic gates of electrically sensitive microbes and proteins, a parallel computing architecture can be reconstructed without the need for costly, conventional cleanrooms and industrial facilities.

Happy to detail more if anyone is interested. Thanks!


JohnL Sat 17 Sep 2022 3:56PM

Thanks everyone!


Glyxon Biolabs Sun 18 Sep 2022 2:07PM

Hello, John, I'm interested! could we have a discussion with further details? you can write me to glyxonbiolabs@gmail.com so we can arrange a video call. Thanks!, David.


Danny Mon 19 Sep 2022 7:12PM

If possible perhaps you can schedule this discussion using the tools available over Loomio? There is a "time poll" option under the Start Poll tab. I for one would also like to attend if I am available (and can facilitate if necessary). Although please do not feel any pressure to find a time between a large group, I just think it would be mutually beneficial (and indeed aligned to BwoB ideals) to open up communication with the group.


adrian Mon 19 Sep 2022 1:38PM

I guess your first step is to contact the authors and ask them
nicely for the plasmids. So start there.

Culturing the ecoli is relatively simple and I can do it or
direct somebody in doing it. Purification seems to have several
options that would require some reagents. They do not seem to be
very complicated but will need to be acquired.




JohnL Mon 19 Sep 2022 8:54PM

Hi Adrian, here is what I am looking to replicate. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/856302v1.full.pdf


Danny Mon 19 Sep 2022 8:48PM

@JohnL Can I share the research proposal you shared with me on the Ronin Scholar Slack here? It might be useful to give folks a better idea of what you are thinking about.


JohnL Mon 19 Sep 2022 8:54PM

Yes! @Danny Go ahead.